Plaque is the sticky, yellow film that covers the surface of your teeth. Though easily removed with a toothbrush and floss, plaque tends to accumulate in areas that are difficult to clean, such as between the teeth and around the gumline. Over time, the soft material will harden into a cement-like substance known as tartar. Tartar cannot be scrubbed away with a toothbrush; it must be removed by scraping. There are everyday items that can dissolve plaque and help remove the buildup from the surface of your teeth.
Things You'll Need
- 3% hydrogen peroxide
- Green tea or cranberry juice
- Sugar-free gum
- Baking soda
- Black tea
Rinse your mouth two to three times a day with 1 tbsp. of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Swish the peroxide over the surface of the teeth for at least 2 minutes and then spit out the remaining fluid. As the peroxide moves through the mouth, it will foam and fizz, loosening sticky residue and hardened plaque deposits in the process.
Drink at least 8 oz. of green tea or cranberry juice every day. Not only does this promote good health, the polyphenols in the drink will help to wash away plaque and keep teeth clean.
Chew one stick of sugar-free gum for at least 15 minutes each day. Sugar substitutes, such as Xylitol or Sorbitol, soften and remove tooth plaques, improving the appearance of teeth and helping to fight cavities in the process. Additionally, chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva that naturally cleanses the teeth and gums.
Place one large strawberry in a bowl. Add ½ tsp. baking soda and mash together to form a thick paste. Spread the mixture over affected areas of the teeth. Leave the paste in place for 5 minutes then rinse with cool water. The citric acid in the berries helps dissolve plaque while the baking soda acts as a natural bleaching agent, whitening the teeth.
Drop one bag of black tea into a cup of hot water. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the bag, giving it a gentle squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. Wait for the tea to cool slightly and then use the brew to rinse your mouth. Black tea is a natural source of fluoride -- a chemical that prevents the growth of plaque. Brush well after this treatment as tea can leave unsightly stains on tooth enamel.